Arrive Almaty. Transfer to a Hotel. Breakfast at the hotel. Visit to the Botanical Garden to get acquainted with the regions flora. Drive north-west across the cultivated arable plains to the north of Almaty, to Tamgaly Tas Gorge (rolling hills and rocky valleys are the famous site of some fine and extensive rock engravings dating from the early Bronze Age) - 160 km. Lunch in picnic style on the way. Camping. Both Qetrovski's Tulip and the stocky Albert's Tulip should be in bloom during the visit. Dinner at the gamp.
Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Merke Gorge, stopping on the route on the Kurdai Pass to look for the carpets of Kolpakovsk's Tulips, which should be at the best at this season, together with some hybrid forme and the small Tulipa bifloriformis in full bloom. Merke Gorge is situated in the Alatau mountain range. The steep slopes of Merke are covered by dark green clumps of ferns (Ceterax officinarum, Asplenium septentrionale and Cystopteris fragilis) as well as relict "Iron Tree" (Celtis caucasica) and the star attraction of this interesting area -Zinaida's Tulip, an endemic species of Alatau. Lunch in picnic style on the way. Camping. Time to explore and enjoy the area. Dinner at the camp.
Breakfast at the camp. Drive to Aksu Dzabayly Nature Reserve, the oldest in Centra! Asia having been established in 1927, making two bot Homeland of Tulips 14 major stops in order tu explore both the Kuyuk Pass and the Syrdarynski Karatau Range, where Greig's Tulip, the largest and most spectacular of the world's wild tulips, is blooming. Accommodation at guesthouse for á-night stay. Exploration of the Boioldai Gorge, well-known for its unrivalled density of Grieg's Tulips, with 20-40 flowering individuals in squire meter! Visit to the distinctive Central Asian open forest that consists of Pistacia vera and Crategus pontica, as well as Pyrus regelii, Vitis vinifera, Ctartegus turkestanicus, Malus sieversii, Sorbus persica, Prunus sogdiana and Padus mahaleb. Visit to the Gorges of Aksu for looking for numerous ephemeris, most of which are endemic (including Korolkowia sewerzowi, Phinopelaturn stenantherurn, Scilla pushkinioidee , over ten species of flowering Gagea, Crocus alatavicus, Iridodyctium kolpakowskianum ynd Ixilirion tataricum) and encounter over ten species of flowering Astragallus, several species of beautiful buttercups and three attractive species of Corydalis.
Two-day trip to the Saryyaigyr in the Karzhantau Ridge. Acquaintance of Ferula tenuisecta, F. Penninervis, Prangos pabbularia and patches of forest consisting of the very beautiful 'weeping' form of Juniperus semiglobosa and the local attraction of the population of Kaufmann's tulips with over ten different forms in bloom! Other species include Plygonatum sewerzowi, Rannunculus paucidentatus and Saxifraga sibirica. Camping at Saryyaigyr Gorge.
Breakfast. Drive to Shimknet, botanising a little en route. Catch the overnight sleeper train to Almaty.
Breakfast in the train. At arrival to Almaty drive up into Tien Shan Mountains to the Big Almaty Lake by 4WD Bus - 32 km. Accommodation at the Mountain Lodge. Lunch. Enjoying the fine flora of the high meadows of the Tien Shan, Excursion to the telescope is available in the night time. Dinner.
Breakfast. Full morning exploring the fabulous mountains habitats that surround the observatory. On the mountain slopes all around the Observatory lie colorful alpine pastures, stately forests of Tien Shan Spruce, and areas of boulders and Turkestanic Juniper cover beloved of accentors, warblers and finches. Above tower craggy peaks and snowbound summits from which Himalayan Snowcocks loudly pronounce their domain and where wary Ibex wander, Below lies Big Almaty Lake. The area is a botanist's paradise. After lunch at the Lodge drive back down to Almaty, accommodation at a hotel. Time to relax Farewell dinner. Transfer to the airport.
Duration: 14 days
Period: April - May
In the desert area: daytime air temperature +22…+30? C (max +41 ? C), and nighttime +8…+16? C. Rains are rare. In the highlands: daytime air temperature +18…+24? C (max +34 ? C), night-time +3…+11? C (ground frost occur). Rains are short and lavish.
Acccording to the request
THE TOUR COST COVERS:
- Invitation and visa support
- Meeting and seeing off at the Almaty Airport
- All transfers
- Guide - botanic
- Interpreter's service
- Support team service
- Accommodation at Hyatt Regency Almaty Hotel on double basis
- Registration in the local police office
- Reconfirmation of tickets
- Insurance of local staff
- Entrance fee for the border region
- Ecological duties
- Trekking tent ( 2,15 m high) for 2 persons on the route
- Field bed and mattresses
- Three meals a day (hot breakfast and dinner, lunch box)
- Mess-tent with tables and chairs
- Shower and toilet - tents in the Camp
- Evacuation of debris from camps
- Medical aid
THE TOUR COST DOES NOT COVER:
- Rescue works (a copy of insurance policy required)
- Changing of date of departure from Almaty by international airlines
- Additional meal and night in a hotel of Almaty